Bush: J'lem shooting attack 'barbaric, vicious'

US President George W. Bush told Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday that the United States stands with Israel, following a gunman's attack on Jerusalem's Mercaz Harav Yeshiva that killed eight and wounded 11. "I condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack in Jerusalem that targeted innocent students at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva," Bush said in a statement released at the White House after the president spoke with Olmert on the telephone. "This barbaric and vicious attack on innocent civilians deserves the condemnation of every nation." Bush said that in his call with Olmert, he extended condolences to the victims of the attack against rabbinical students in Jerusalem. "I told him the United States stands firmly with Israel in the face of this terrible attack," Bush said.